There is lots going on at West Eaton as always and residents like to keep busy; from hobbies and familiar routines, to making plans and trying new things.
Making plans for the future
One person who is making plans for a big adventure, is our home manager Roddy Ferguson. After 3 years at the helm of West Eaton, he is stepping down to embark on a long trip, crossing continents with his two dogs, to explore lots of far flung destinations. He says;
“I have truly loved my job and the people who live here. But the time is right for me to retire: The team we currently have is the best team in those three years and we have recently welcomed 3 new nurses. West Eaton is such a wonderful family home and I will certainly miss all the team and residents when I leave in August. Thank you to everyone for all the support and kindness you have given me and continue to give West Eaton.”
We have so many wonderful memories of Roddy at West Eaton. For Burns Night celebrations, Roddy was always resplendent in his kilt leading residents in the Ode to the Haggis and sharing a wee dram. He planned, prepared and cooked a three course fine dining evening for residents to celebrate a Night With the Stars. The stars were our residents, who were nothing short of superstars through the COVID lockdowns. And not just the big events, Roddy takes time with staff and residents, listening and sharing. He even had a go at knitting lessons!
We shall all miss him, but are looking forward to the postcards so we can follow his adventures.
Events and activities at West Eaton
We are currently planning the party of the year! There will be lots of Royal themed activities in the run up to our Street Party with family and friends. We shall be festooning our garden with bunting and residents are baking scones and Victoria sponge cakes. Thank goodness our chickens are good layers as we need all the eggs we can get!
After the success of our Easter Treasure Hunt fundraising for our Garden Project, we are hosting a Summer Fete.
We marked International Nurses Day, celebrating all, our West Eaton team who do such a fantastic job. And we marked Dementia Week participating in a synchronised picnic.
We recently enjoyed a visit from the team and animals of Wild Science. They brought everything from giant millipedes, to lizards and corn snakes! Many residents were very intrepid, holding the snakes and lots of first experiences for all.
For World Bee Day we created some bug hotels from recycled bits and bobs. And celebrated using their honey in raspberry and white chocolate flapjacks residents made for everyone.
One of our residents is an expert bingo caller, so we have enjoyed a few games. Rounded off on a Friday with Fish and Chips from the paper. So delicious!